Take A Wissen! Favorite 100 Songs of 2018 :: #20-1

Cooking, driving, working, blogging, cleaning, playing, parenting…whatever. I’m listening to music. Throughout the year. All the time. Every day.

These are my favorite 100 songs from the past year. Notice I’m not egotistical enough to proclaim my love of them makes them the “Best Songs of the Year” like other year end lists. They are simply my favorite; the ones I do not want to forget and are now in Jay’s musical rotation from now til eternity. OR until Spotify goes under and all my playlists are lost or the world ends. Or my world ends. May they make you move, sing, cry, close your eyes, smile, do the white man’s overbite or the Elaine dance. Like Eddie Murphy’s Buckwheat said, “Take A Wissen!”.


20.  “Shallow” by Bradley Cooper & Lady Gaga

In all the good times
I find myself longing for change
And in the bad times, I fear myself

19. “What Do You Want” by Nico Vega

You can go ahead and hate me
For bringing in news

18. “Heavy” by Birdtalker

If your face is down
Take a look around
Do your fingers move?
Do your lungs inflate?
Are you tired are you weary
Of the hidden hate you’ve been holding?

17. “Me & My Dog” by boygenius (Julien Baker, Lucy Dacus & Phoebe Bridgers)

I didn’t wanna be this guy
I cried at your show with the teenagers
Tell your friend I’ll be all right
In the morning it won’t matter

16. “Mariners Apartment Complex” by Lana Del Rey

I fucked up, I know that, but Jesus
Can’t a girl just do the best she can?

15. “Summer’s End” by John Prine

Well you never know how far from home you’re feelin’
Until you’ve watched the shadows cross the ceilin’

14. “Geyser” by Mitski

Though I’m a geyser
Feel it bubbling from below
Hear it call, hear it call
Hear it call to me
Constantly
And hear the harmony
Only when it’s harming me
It’s not real, it’s not real
It’s not real enough

13. “The Right Time” by Ural Thomas and The Pain

Ural Thomas could have been a crooner, a funk singer, a smooth R&B artist. He could have bounced between Otis Redding and Isaac Hayes. Instead he disappeared for decades. Fortunately, his reemergence shows roots across the R&B spectrum, but isn’t indebted to any of them. Instead of a throwback to a given line, we get simply Ural Thomas in the present, something that’s easy to dig.
— Pop Matters

12. “Neon Moon” by Cigarettes After Sex

There’s a rundown bar ‘cross the railroad tracks
I’ve got a table for two way in the back
Where I sit alone and think of you

11. “Come Out And Play” by Billie Eilish

But I love it when you’re awfully quiet

10. “I Only Dance When I Want To” by The Spook School

You say “it’s my favourite song”
You said that about every one
And you’re reaching for my hands now
But I don’t wanna dance now

09. “The Hype” by Shopping

The drums wallop, the guitar skitters, and bassist Billy Easter’s corkscrewing bass urges the track forward, lending extra oomph to their provocations. Around the halfway mark, Aggs lets loose with a brash guitar solo that explodes like a piñata. “The Hype” is Shopping at its best.
— Pitchfork

08. “The Wish” by Bruce Springsteen

Well, last night we all sat around laughin’ at the things that guitar bought us
And I laid awake thinkin’ ‘bout the other things it’s brought us
Well, tonight I’m takin’ requests here in the kitchen
This one’s for you, ma, let me come right out and say it
But if you’re lookin’ for a sad song, hell I ain’t gonna play it

07. “1933” by Frank Turner

If I was of the greatest generation I’d be pissed
Surveying the world that I built slipping back into this
I’d be screaming at my grandkids: “We already did this”

06. “Is That Alright?” by Lady Gaga

Nothing you say wouldn’t interest me
All of your words are like poems to me

05. “You’re Somebody Else” by Flora Cash

Well you look like yourself
But you’re somebody else
Only it ain’t on the surface
Well you talk like yourself
No, I hear someone else though
Now you’re making me nervous

04. “New Birth In New England” by Phosphorescent

The most significant things can happen at the most insignificant moments. With a sultry swing, and a relatively joyous piano melody, the track chronicles Houck meeting his new love in a random bar in New England.
— The 405

03. “Normal” by Sasha Sloan

Keep on playing that song that I don’t like
I just wanna feel normal for the night

02. “This Is America” by Childish Gambino

What Gambino put together is a true picture of America, where so many of us get to dance and sing and laugh and create. All the while others are largely ignored and trapped in the background, struggling and sometimes dying in a sea of ugliness that many of us would rather not acknowledge, knowing it would ruin the pretty pictures we’d rather focus on. By the end, Gambino’s carefree dancing becomes a full sprint from the madness. He couldn’t escape the reckoning. Neither can America.
— CNN's Issac Bailey

01. “Seventeen” by Welles

In our heads we’re like winners
Though we’re just beginners
At some miserable game

I’ll take you out to Ar-kansas
Where there’s beer and molasses
We’ll let the times fly on past us
The whole world, kiss our asses
Through red trees and white trashes


2018 Favorite 100 Songs :: SPotify Playlist

2017 Favorite 100 Songs :: Spotify Playlist